Probing morphological changes in polymersomes with magnetic birefringence

R.S.M. Rikken, H.H.M. Kerkenaar, R.J.M. Nolte, J.C. Maan, J.C.M. van Hest, P.C.M. Christianen, D.A. Wilson

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Magnetic birefringence was used for in situ monitoring of the morphological changes in diamagnetic polymersomes during shape-transformation by dialysis. The birefringence was found to be very sensitive to the polymersome morphology, as determined by electron microscopy. The deflation of polymersomes into disks was observed, followed by a bending and partial inflation into stomatocytes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5394-5396
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number40
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2014


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